Kansas Highway Patrol Turns 75

The June 9 celebration in Salina includes a graduation ceremony for 16 new troopers.

Members of the Kansas Highway Patrol are celebrating its 75th anniversary at 1 p.m. June 9 with a reception at the patrol's training academy in Salina along with the graduation ceremony for the 50th recruit class in the patrol's long history. The previous class graduated in August 2010.

"This is an extremely exciting time for the Kansas Highway Patrol. We are celebrating these 16 new troopers who comprise the 50th recruit class to graduate from the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy, and we are also celebrating 75 years of serving the citizens of Kansas," said Lt. Joshua Kellerman, the patrol's public information officer.

This class began 23 weeks of training on Jan. 4, 2012. The 16 graduates will be sent to the counties where they are stationed for field training.

The address of the training academy is 2025 E. Iron Ave., Salina, KS 67401.

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